Unable to stop drive

Asked by Edmond Condillac


I had to shut down the computer after failure to boot and disconnected the external drive before rebooting to the live cd. When I rebooted one of the three external drive partitions did not show up on the desktop. Is there any way to re-access the lost partition, please?

After right clicking the remaining partitions' icons for the external USB drive and clicking on Safely remove drive the error message displays: Unable to stop drive; volumes on medium busy.

Kindly help with this problem, please.

Gratefully yours

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Which release of Ubntu?
What make and model systsem?

Details please.....

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Edmond Condillac (econ22) said :

I had installed Ubuntu 10.10. The sysstem is Dell Dimension 2400. Also the processor is Intel Celeron 2.4 GHz and hard disk capacity 40GB IDE. Kindly let me know how to access the system information, should more information be required.
Thank you for your kind help

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Best N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :


have you considered to upgrade to a supported release of Ubuntu ?

10.10 is EOL and not supported anymore . Please try another version , like 12.04 or 12.10 , contains newer packages (e.g. Disk Utility) .


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Edmond Condillac (econ22) said :

Thanks NikTh, that solved my question.